Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting Dec. 22

Event Takes Place at Hill Havurah

Rabbi Hanna speaks as Bruce Pascal presides over the lighting of the Community Menorah dedicated to his father, the late Paul Pascal at the 2018 Menorah lighting. Photo courtesy Capitol Hill BID.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID), along with the Hill Havurah congregation, will host the 6th Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 on the front steps of Reformation (212 East Capitol St. NE).

The event takes place at Hill Havurah this year in order to coincide with the congregation’s Chanukah celebration, scheduled to take place after the lighting.

Residents, visitors, community leaders and members of Hill Havurah will gather to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights. The BID’s “men in blue” will serve hot chocolate, coffee, potato latkes and jelly doughnuts as musicians perform traditional Hanukkah songs.

The 9-foot public space menorah was purchased in 2013 and is dedicated to BID Past Board Chairman Paul Pascal for his many years of service to the Capitol Hill community. Mr. Pascal passed away in April 2018, and his wife, Brenda Pascal, will carry on his legacy by lighting the menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

“The community menorah lighting event has become a holiday tradition on the Hill, and we look forward to sponsoring it for the 6th year on December 22nd!” said Patty Brosmer, President of the Capitol Hill BID.

When the event concludes Sunday evening, the menorah will be moved to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza Southwest quadrant, were it will be on display for the remainder of the 8 nights of Hanukkah.  It will stand next to the Capitol Hill community tree that is lighted and trimmed for the holiday season.

The Community Menorah lighting is the second of the two annual BID lighting events. The Capitol Hill Holiday Tree was lit Nov. 30.

Learn more about the Capitol Hill BID and the Menorah lighting event by visiting